Yes, I always do 2x what the bag says for each cup, no weak stuff. I usually use two heaping plastic picnic spoonfuls of ground bean per cup, so it probably really equals 3 1/2 -4 spoonfuls. I can still fall asleep halfway through a cup though.
I've got a little electric grinder (about 1/2 cup of beans per filling) and glass clamp container with a rubber seal to keep my ground beans in. Until you loosen the clamp you can't smell what's in the jar. The "clear" rubber seal has turned brown but it never touches the grounds - think of our guts! I have this funnel type thing that sits on your coffee cup. You put a coffee filter in it and the grounds and then nuke some water and filter out one cup.
We don't have any Dunkin Donuts around here but we have their coffee in the stores. Our donut place is called The Donut Connection or something like that. But seeing as I "never" get up before noon or leave the house before 2 pm, I've never been in one!
Cameron's distribution center is in Shakopee, MN (the next town over from mine) but it's in all the grocery stores I've been to in MN. So I don't know if they're regional or this is just one of many depots they have. Look for a black bag with a red medieval lion on it. I haven't dissected their bags but it looks like there's a coin or something shaped like one embedded in the front of the bag too.
I tried Cameron's "Intense French" and nearly puked, an instant dumper. I actually drank about 4 sips to see if it really was as bad as the first sip indicated. That was the most cigarette butt tasting of them all so I'd say to avoid that one, unless you like that - who does? Cameron's sells small bags of all their blends and flavors and individual beans for $1 that will make about 10 of my style cups (probably 20 then) so they're good to experiment with. The Highlander Grog is absolutely awesome (very sweet, rich & smooth even without sugar with sugar, look out!) but it's tolerable only in small occasional amounts. I drank a pound of just that once over a month and never wanted it again for a looooong time! I still buy the small bags of that when I see them but never a whole lot.
If you use one of those single-cup deals, you should look into getting a cloth filter for it. I had one made from cotton or hemp or something and there was a real noticeable difference versus paper filters. And because they're reuseable, you never have to worry about not being able to make a cup because you're out of filters (or resort to folded up paper towels, gag.)
Now I want a cup of coffee.
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That's cool, is it shaped like a regular filter or a bag? Where do you find them? Are they easy to clean out/do the grounds clog your sink?
I never tried using paper towels, or fabric softener sheets as a filter... Brawny Kona Snuggle Blend!
Kona blend, should have been an instant give-a-way. Most companies that sell "Kona Blend" put just enough in to justify putting that on the label. There is also a company called "Kona Blend", there products contain no Kona whatsoever. Jamaican Blue Mountain, when it's done right is like tasting the perfect watermelon. Also after the hurricane season with Katrina, blue mountain coffee was all but wiped out. I'm the Master Roaster for beancentral.com so I may be a little biased when it comes ti commenting on other brands, but dunkin' has a pretty good cup. One thing to try with your Kona blend bags, is to add a pinch of salt to the grounds before brewing.
Ha! I suppose you can trademark "anything", even a coffee that doesn't contain it's name sake!
Adough, since you're a coffee brewer guy what is wrong with those coffees (most I've tried) that taste foul like there's cigarette butts floating in it? Why do they taste like that? Is it the type of beans they use or roasting process or what? Like the new bag I bought tastes fine at first but then this aftertaste of sharp foulness seems to creep up out of nowhere and ruin it.
I've seen the Jamaican Blue Mountain bags of whole bean at Home Goods, that's a brand worth trying?
How come no stores sell 100% Kona and always Kona Blends? I'd probably be more apt to pay $20 a pound if I didn't have to tack another $8 shipping onto it as well.
Find some people and put together an order from a place like Adough's. If I read the website correctly, shipping is free for orders over $50. The discount at the place I order from in RI doesn't kick in until the order is for 12 lb or more. It's a good deal, but it takes more effort to organize such a big order.
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Kona, and Blue mountain can be found. But, be prepared. Kona should start at $30 a pound. And JBM at it's cheapest be $40 per lb. Like many other things coffee's have grades, each plant may contain all three grades. Also, each plant on average produces one to two pounds per year. Every bean handpicked. As obvious as it may seem, it needs to be said, fresher is better. Get a grinder, you enjoy your coffee so much more. If you don't have a grinder, than most places are happy to grind it for you. Most grocer's even have a grinder in the aisle. There is nothing wrong with freezing your ground coffee either. Just like seeds beans don't like room temperature. If you do freeze your beans, don't allow them to "thaw" out on the counter. Pull out what you need and with haste put the remainder back into the freezer. Oxygen/air is another bad thing. Fresh coffee can't have an "vacuumed" looked. When roasted coffee de-gasses for hours and won't stop for up to 36 hours. I have nothing against folgers, or maxwell house, or starbucks. Although I'm not going to enjoy then myself, there is nothing wrong with people enjoying them. To each is own. As to coffee tasting like cigarette butts........keep your machine clean.